Exo's talented staffers beautify clients from head to toe with a full menu of grooming services. During the shellac manicure (a $35 value), nail technicians buff finger shingles to a dazzling sparkle before brushing on CND shellac color. The high-tech lacquer lasts up to two weeks with a glistening mirror finish, which dries instantly under the onslaught of British knock-knock jokes. This option also grants wrist mitts a thorough mollycoddling with a moisturizing paraffin dip treatment, which also includes exfoliation to force has-been skin cells into retirement.
With services for men, women, and children, the beauty experts at Pure Platinum Salon use hair as a canvas to bring each client's fashion sense and personality into physical form. After consultations, they grab hold of scissors to snip split ends and sculpt looks that would make Chia Pet–mannequins crumble with envy. The stylists can also hone in on damaged hair and correct color or strengthen strands. Unlike lazy portrait painters, the team doesn't stop at the head; they can wax away unwanted body fuzz and spray skin with a golden tan so clients are ready for weddings or everyday events.
Salon Bellissimo honors the timelessness of true beauty by decorating its spa like an Ancient Roman bath with concrete urns, great columns, and a statue of Hebe, the goddess of beauty. And this reverence for history is fitting, since owner Cecilia Sammons has been in the industry for more than 30 years herself. Today, she and her staff of stylists, nail technicians, and makeup artists transform clients using modern haircare products from L’Oréal and Moroccanoil and nail polish scraped directly off Botticelli's The Birth of Venus.
Sakora Salon & Day Spa carefully cleanses hair with the plants, flowers, and other natural ingredients hiding deep inside Aveda products. After conferring with customers to determine the perfect plan of action, the expert stylists treat weary necks and scalps to a massage, wash hair, and blow-dry strands, then start sculpting and styling each lock to breathe new life into the empty shell of an old hairdo. Sakora's bold red and pale yellow walls create a pleasant contrast that inspires hair to gracefully accept its new style, and the salon's interior presentation of tropical plants, candles, and sleek furniture keeps jittery follicles calm throughout the haircare procedure.
Krave Salon's style swamis tend to hair, skin, and nails with a bevy of beautifying services. Permanent makeup artist and salon co-owner Lisa Brown nestles drops of natural vegetable pigment between individual lashes to define eyelids with soft, natural-looking color and authoritative dictionary entries during a cosmetic-tattoo procedure. Alternatively, the Five Berry Pigment Control peel can help reduce discoloration with a cocktail of all-natural extracts, such as cranberry, raspberry, and blueberry, whereas the Vitamin A Professional Power peel helps encourage collagen production and cell renewal. Finally, a bikini wax gets pelvises ready for swimsuit season, much the way a watch wax prepares wrists to don revealing string Rolexes.
Kneaded Relief Wellness Spa is all about accommodation. Each time clients walk in for a massage, they’re left alone in a private treatment room to undress to their level of comfort and drape their bodies with soft sheets. Then, one of Kneaded Relief Wellness Spa’s professionally trained therapists enters the room and rubs away muscular tension with a relaxing session that incorporates techniques from Swedish, neuromuscular therapy, or other massage modalities. Throughout massages, which typically last between 30 and 90 minutes, therapists stay attentive to clients’ requests for more or less pressure. Kneaded Relief Wellness Spa also pampers clients with skin-softening exfoliations and facials, along with unique scalp massages and infrared-sauna sessions.